The Dallas Cowboys score 28 unanswered points to beat the Detroit Lions 42-21. This is the first game of the season where the Cowboys have scored 40 or more points. The Lions needed to win this game badly to help their playoff hopes but they were not able to corral the high powered offense in Dallas. For the case of the Cowboys, they are the number one seed in the NFC playoffs when the Giants lost to the Eagles on Thursday.

The defense for the Cowboys struggled in the first half as the Lions scored a rushing touchdown on their first three possessions. They did not score after that however. No defense is playing better than expected than the Cowboys this season and they will need to play great as the playoffs are right around the corner.

David Irving continues to be a beast when he gets the playing time. He had 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble to set up a touchdown. He is a big change of pace player on the defense and has a huge impact every snap.

Randy Gregory played in his first game of the season after being suspend for the first 14 games of the season. He did not get much playing time but he did record two tackles. The second year pro should get more playing time against the Eagles.

Ezekiel Elliott had only 12 carries but had 80 yards and two touchdowns. He did not play much in the second half due to Jason Garrett wanting to keep him fresh for the playoffs. He had a great 55 yard touchdown run in the first half. He broke through the line and out ran everyone on his way to the end zone.

Ezekiel Elliott dances his way to the end zone for a 55 yard touchdown (pic via Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports).
Ezekiel Elliott dances his way to the end zone for a 55 yard touchdown (pic via Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports).

Dak Prescott added three more passing touchdowns to his total on the season. He had two to Dez Bryant and one to Brice Butler. All three were a thing of beauty. He continues to be one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league. He had only five incompletions this game out of 20 attempts. He is doing great things for this franchise as a rookie.

The player of the game is without a doubt Dez Bryant. He is just the fifth player in NFL history to have two receiving touchdowns and one passing touchdown in a single game. His two touchdowns were great but it was his second one that was the more impressive. The ball was thrown perfectly by Prescott and Bryant was able to get a hand underneath it and corral it in.

His passing touchdown was a great play design by the offense. It was an end around play with Bryant and Jason Witten was able to leak out and be wide open in the end zone.


Other game notes:

  • Barry Church records a season high 12 tackles this game
  • J.J. Wilcox caught his first interception of the year off a tipped ball by Brandon Carr
  • Brice Butler caught a touchdown for the first time since week 6
  • Ezekiel Elliott had a season low 12 carries

It is still to be seen rather or not the starters will suit up next week when the 2016 NFC East Champions, the Dallas Cowboys, travel on the road to take on their bitter rival, the Philadelphia Eagles.